History (Ecclesiastical) Submitted Names

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Abdiesus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Means "servant of Jesus" from Arabic عبد ('abd) meaning "servant" combined with Iesus. This was the name of multiple Persian saints.
Abiatha f History (Ecclesiastical)
Abiatha, Hathes, and Mamlacha were virgins and martyrs of the Beth-Garma province of Syria.
Abibus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of Ἄβιβος (Abibos) or (Habibos), which is also found written as Ἄββιβος (Abbibos) or (Habbibos). It is a hellenization of the Hebrew name Aviv, and not of the Arabic name Habib, which most people would think at first glance.... [more]
Acace m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Akakios via Acacius.
Acarius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Acarius (died 14 March 642) was bishop of Doornik and Noyon, which today are located on either side of the Franco-Belgian border. He was especially attentive to the poor and afflicted, whose needs he enjoyed relieving and calming their suffering.
Aceolus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Aceolus of Amiens worked as a sub-deacon who was studying for the priesthood when he was arrested and murdered as part of the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian in 303 near Amiens, France.
Achillas m History (Ecclesiastical)
Bishop and theologian who lived in an era of dispute in the Church. Achillas was the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the most powerful cities in the world at the time. Succeeding as bishop a man named St... [more]
Adalsinda f History (Ecclesiastical)
Variant of Adalsind. Saint Adalsinda is a Catholic saint especially venerated in Douai, France.
Adelphus m Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Greek ἀδελφός (adelphós) "brother" (literally "from the same womb", from the copulative prefix a- "together with" and delphys "womb"). Adelphus was a bishop of Metz, France, who is now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.
Adomnán m History (Ecclesiastical)
Adomnán (c.625–704) was ninth abbot of the monastery on Iona off the Scottish coast, and comarba (head) of the confederation of churches associated with St Columba/Colum Cille. Like Columba, Adomnán came from what is now County Donegal... [more]
Adon m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Ado. Adon de Vienne (known as Ado of Vienne in English) was archbishop of Vienne in Lotharingia from 850 until his death and is venerated as a saint.
Aedesius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Martyr and brother of St. Apphian. Aedesius, a Christian of some note in Caesarea, now part of modern Israel, witnessed the persecution of Christians, the result of Emperor Diocletian's policies... [more]
Afrelia f History (Ecclesiastical)
Afrelia was a late 6th century saint, and princess of Powys. It has been suggested that she may be identical to the little-known Saint Arilda of Gloucester.
Agabius m History (Ecclesiastical)
Agabus /ˈæɡəbəs/ (Greek: Ἄγαβος) was an early follower of Christianity mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as a prophet. He is traditionally remembered as one of the Seventy Disciples described in Luke 10:1–24
Aganus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Benedictine abbot of St. Gabriel's in Campania, Italy.
Agapitus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Martyr in the reign of Emperor Aurelian. Buried in Palestrina, in Italy, Agapitus is traditionally identified as a fifteen-year old caught in the persecutions of the Christians in Antioch. He was brought before the governor when he announced his faith... [more]
Aglaida f Russian (Archaic), Bulgarian (Rare), Moldovan (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Cognate of Aglaia. According to Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical traditions, Aglaida is venerated as a Virgin-Martyr alongside Saint Drosis.
Agobard m History (Ecclesiastical)
Agobard of Lyon (c. 779–840) was a Spanish-born priest and archbishop of Lyon, during the Carolingian Renaissance. The author of multiple treatises, ranging in subject matter from the iconoclast controversy to Spanish Adoptionism to critiques of the Carolingian royal family, Agobard is best known for his critiques of Jewish religious practices and political power in the Frankish-Carolingian realm... [more]
Aidric m History (Ecclesiastical)
From the Germanic name Aldric. This was the name of a 9th-century saint.
Aignan m French (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Anianus. Saint Aignan (358–453) was Bishop of Orléans, France, and assisted Roman general Flavius Aetius in the defense of the city against Attila the Hun in 451.
Ailerán m Medieval Irish, History (Ecclesiastical)
Borne by Ailerán the Wise, Irish scholar and saint.
Alkelda f English (British, Rare, Archaic), Anglo-Saxon Mythology, History (Ecclesiastical)
Younger form of Old English Hǣlcelde. Saint Alkelda (died on 28 March c. 800) was ostensibly an Anglo-Saxon princess who was strangled by pagan Viking women during Danish raids in about 800 at Middleham in Yorkshire, England... [more]
Ammonaria f History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the name of the Egyptian god Ammon combined with the suffix -αρία (-aria). Alternatively it may be a Latinized form of Ammonarion... [more]
Ananie m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Hananiah via its Hellenized form Ananias.
Andronique m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Andronikos via Andronicus.
Anèse m History (Ecclesiastical, Gallicized)
French form of Anesius. This name was borne by an obscure saint martyred alongside Théodule, Felix and Cornélie.
Aouen m History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a minor Breton saint of whom nothing else is known.
Aphrodise m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Aphrodisius (see Aphrodisios).
Apolinaria f Spanish (Latin American, Rare), Polish (Rare), Moldovan (Rare), Ancient Greek, History (Ecclesiastical)
Spanish and Polish feminine form of Apollinaris and Romanian form of Apollinaria. This is also attested as an ancient Greek name.
Apollinaria f Russian, History (Ecclesiastical)
Russian feminine form of Apollinaris. According to Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical traditions, Apollinaria is venerated as a Virgin-Martyr alongside Saint Drosis.
Apphian m History (Ecclesiastical)
Aphian (Apphian, Apian, Appian, Amphianus, Amphian; Amfiano in Spanish and Italian) is venerated as a martyr by the Catholic Church and by the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is said to have died during the persecutions of the Emperor Galerius on April 2 in or around the year 305.
Arianwen f Medieval Welsh, Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Welsh arian "silver" and gwen "white, fair, blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
Arilda f History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Arilda was an obscure female saint from Oldbury-on-Severn in the English county of Gloucestershire who probably lived in the 5th- or 6th-century. She may have been of either Anglo-Saxon or Welsh origin.
Arnulphe m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Arnulf and variant of Arnoulf.
Arthelais f History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Arthelais (544–560) is venerated as a Christian saint.... [more]
Asclipe m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Asclepius via Asklepios. It is the name of a ninth century saint.
Aspais m History (Ecclesiastical), History (Gallicized)
French form of Aspasios via it's Latinized form Aspasius.
Assur m Ancient Assyrian (Polonized), History (Ecclesiastical, Polonized)
Polish form of Ashur, the Assyrian (Mesopotamian) god.
Asteria f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek, Greek, History (Ecclesiastical), German (Bessarabian)
Feminine form of Asterios. In Greek mythology Asteria was a daughter of the Titans Phoebe and Coeus and sister of Leto... [more]
Asti m History (Ecclesiastical), Albanian
Asti is a 2nd-century Christian martyr venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. He was the bishop of Dyrrhachium (now Durrës in Albania). According to legend, he was arrested by Agricola, the Roman governor of Dyrrachium, and was tortured to death around 98 AD for refusing to worship the god Dionysius.
Audifax m History (Ecclesiastical)
The best-known (and possibly the first) bearer of this name is saint Audifax, who was of noble descent and born in the Persian Empire. Somewhere between 268 and 270 AD, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome with his parents and brother, whose names were Marius, Martha and Abachum (also known as Habakkuk)... [more]
Aurée m & f History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Aureus and Aurea.
Averky m Russian (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical, Russified)
Alternate transcription of Russian Аверкий (see Averkiy).
Baglan m History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 6th-century Welsh saint.
Birillus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Birillus of Antioch was the first evangelizer and the first bishop of Catania in Sicily.
Blaesilla f History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine diminutive of Blaesus. Blaesilla (364–384) was a Roman widow and disciple of Jerome. Most of the knowledge about Blaesilla's life comes from the writings of Jerome, in which he described her piety and virtue... [more]
Blesila f History (Ecclesiastical)
Portuguese and Spanish form of Blaesilla.
Bobo m History (Ecclesiastical), Ancient Germanic (Frankish, Latinized, ?)
This was the name of a 10th century saint.
Bodmaël m Breton (Gallicized), History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Gaulish Bodd "good will" and Breton mael "prince". This is the name of a 6th century saint.
Bonizella f Italian (Rare, Archaic), Medieval Italian (Tuscan), History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine form of Bonizone. The Blessed Bonizella or Bonizzella Cacciaconti (1235-1300) was a Sienese widow who devoted her time and money to the poor after the death of her husband, Naddo Piccolomini.
Bonna f History (Ecclesiastical)
Alternate name of Saint Wuna.
Bryvyth f Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a medieval Cornish saint.
Budoc m History (Ecclesiastical), Breton Legend
Derived from Old Celtic boudi "victory". However, folk etymology likes to associate this name with beuziñ meaning "drown", with the intended meaning of "saved from the waters". In Breton legend this is the name of a 6th century saint, son of Azenor.
Buriana f History (Ecclesiastical, Latinized)
This was the name of an Irish saint who lived during the 6th-century, a hermit in St Buryan, near Penzance, Cornwall. She is identified with the Irish Saint Bruinsech.
Cælin m History (Ecclesiastical)
Cælin was an Orthodox priest in England in the seventh century, and brother of St. Cedd of Lastingham. The name Cælin is a spelling variant of the name of a West Saxon king Ceawlin, and is of Celtic rather than Anglo-Saxon derivation.
Caesaria f Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine form of Caesarius. Caesaria of Arles (also called Caesaria the Elder, died c. 530), was a saint and abbess. She was born in a Gallo-Roman family and was trained at John Cassian's foundation in Marseilles.
Caïe m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Gaius and variant of Caïus
Caïus m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Gaius and variant of Caïe
Carantoc m Medieval English, History (Ecclesiastical)
Anglicized form of Carannog. Saint Carantok was a 6th-century abbot, confessor, and saint in Wales and the West Country.
Castritian m History (Ecclesiastical)
English form of Castricianus. This was the name of a saint from the 3rd century AD.
Castus m Ancient Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from Latin castus "pure, chaste, virtuous".
Cathan m History (Ecclesiastical)
Scottish form of Cathán. The name coincides with Scottish Gaelic cathan "barnacle goose". ... [more]
Cedd m Anglo-Saxon, History (Ecclesiastical)
St. Cedd of Lastingham was Bishop of Essex in the seventh century.
Celerinus m Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin word celer, meaning "quick, swift", followed by the masculine diminutive suffix -inus. This was the name of an African martyr, revered for his suffering while imprisoned by Emperor Trajan Decius in Rome... [more]
Cerneuf m History (Ecclesiastical)
This is one of the names by which the 4th-century martyr and saint Serenus the Gardener is known in France.
Cesària f Occitan, Provençal, Catalan (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Occitan and Provençal feminine form of Cesari and Catalan form of Caesaria.
Chrischona f Medieval German (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Alemannic variant of Christiana recorded in medieval German-speaking Switzerland. This name was occasionally used in honor of Saint Chrischona, particularly in the Swiss city of Basel.... [more]
Chrodechilde f History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of the Germanic name Hrothildis (see Rothild). This was the original name of Saint Clotilde (for whom the names Rohilde or Rotilde would be more accurate).
Chrodegang m History (Ecclesiastical), Ancient Germanic (Frankish)
Form of Rotgang borne by an 8th-century Frankish saint.
Chrysanthus m Ancient Greek (Latinized), History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of Chrysanthos. Saints Chrysanthus and Daria (3rd century – c. 283) are saints of the Early Christian period. Their names appear in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, an early martyrs list, and a church was built in their honour over their reputed burial place in Rome.
Clerina f English (American, Archaic), History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Clerina of Carthage was a 3rd-century saint. She is said to have been the aunt of Saint Celerinus.
Clodoaldo m History (Ecclesiastical)
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Clodoald.
Clodulfo m History (Ecclesiastical)
Portuguese and Spanish form of Chlodulf.
Cloud m French (Archaic), History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from various Germanic names beginning with the element Chlodo-, particularly Chlodowald and Chlodulf.
Consortia f History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin adjective consors meaning "having a common lot, of the same fortune" (genitive consortis). This name was borne by a 6th-century saint who is said to be venerated at Cluny, France.
Crescent m History (Ecclesiastical), French (Rare), English (Rare)
French form and English variant of Crescens. In the English-speaking world, it is now considered a nature name referring to the phase of the moon, derived from Old French creissant, ultimately from Latin crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive".... [more]
Crispulus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Latin adjective crispulus meaning "curled, having curled hair". Also see the related names Crispus and Crispinus.... [more]
Cristeta f Aragonese (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Spanish (Philippines, Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Possibly a diminutive of Cristiana, a derivative of Latin christiana meaning "Christian (woman)". This was the name of a Spanish saint (from Talavera, Toledo) who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
Cuby m History (Ecclesiastical)
Cornish form of Cybi. Saint Cuby was a 6th-century Cornish bishop, saint and, briefly, king, who worked largely in North Wales.
Cunibert m History (Ecclesiastical), German (Rare, Archaic)
English and French form and German variant of Kunibert.
Cyngar m Medieval Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of two 5th-century Welsh saints.
Dachuna f Ancient Celtic, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a medieval saint venerated in Cornwall, who was probably a Celtic Briton.
Dafrosa f Late Roman (?), History (Ecclesiastical)
Meaning uncertain. According to legend, Saint Dafrosa was the mother of Saint Bibiana.
Darerca f History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Darerca of Ireland was a sister of Saint Patrick.
Dativa f Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical), Eastern African, Portuguese (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Filipino (Rare)
Feminine form of Dativus. This was the name of a 5th-century Christian martyr from North Africa. It is mostly used in Eastern Africa (mainly in Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda).
Derwa f Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
Likely derived from Cornish derow "oak trees" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *daru "tree"). Saint Derwa is the patron saint of Menadarva (Merther Derwa in Cornish, translating to grave of St Derwa in English) in the parish of Camborne, Cornwall... [more]
Devota f History (Ecclesiastical), Ligurian
Saint Devota (died ca. 303 AD) is the patron saint of Corsica and Monaco. She is sometimes identified with another Corsican saint named Julia, who was described in Latin as Deo devota ("devoted to God")... [more]
Digain m Medieval Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 5th-century Welsh saint and prince.
Dioscoride m History (Ecclesiastical)
Italian and French form of Dioskorides via it's Latinized form Dioscorides.
Disciole f History (Ecclesiastical)
Meaning unknown. The 6th-century Frankish saint Disciole (or Disciola), a niece of Saint Salvius of Albi and a favourite companion of Queen Radegund, "was noted for her saintly death, which is described in detail by Gregory of Tours".
Divitien m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Divitianus. Saint Divitien was a 4th-century bishop of Soissons.
Dominador m Spanish (Philippines), History (Ecclesiastical, Hispanicized)
Spanish form of Dominator, used mainly in the Philippines.
Dominator m Ancient Roman, Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical)
From dominari "to rule, dominate, to govern," from dominus "lord, master," from domus "house".Used by a 5th century bishop in Brescia, Italy.
Drosis f History (Ecclesiastical)
Variant of Drusa via the form Drosa. According to Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical traditions St. Drosis was the daughter of the Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD)... [more]
Eadfrith m Anglo-Saxon, History (Ecclesiastical)
Old English ead "wealth, fortune" + friþ "peace". The name of two obscure medieval English saints.
Ebrulf m History (Ecclesiastical)
Ebrulf (517–596) was a Frankish saint, hermit, and abbot. A Merovingian courtier at the court of Childebert I, he was a cup-bearer to the king and an administrator of the royal palace.
Égyptienne f French (Archaic), Malagasy (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from French Égyptienne, the feminine form of the noun Égyptien "Egyptian (person)". This name is generally given in honour of the catholic and orthodox saint Marie l'Égyptienne (known in English as Mary of Egypt).
Eiliwedd f History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 5th-century Welsh saint, also known as Eluned.
Éleuthère m History (Ecclesiastical), French (Rare)
French form of Eleutherius. This name was borne by French-born American industrialist Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834).
Elidius m History (Ecclesiastical)
This name is best known for being one of the names that the 8th-century Cornish hermit saint Lide (also known as Elid, Elida, Elide, Lyda and Lyde) was known by... [more]
Elwen m Cornish, Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Elwen was an early saint venerated in Cornwall and Brittany. A chapel at Porthleven in Sithney parish, Cornwall, dedicated to Elwen, existed from the 13th century until 1549, and in Brittany several sites and placenames are associated with possibly related figures.
Emerentiana f Late Roman, Medieval Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German (Bessarabian), History (Ecclesiastical)
Feminine form of Emerentianus. Saint Emerentiana was a Roman martyr, who lived around the start of the 4th century. Her feast day is January 23.
Enedoch m Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 6th-century Cornish saint.
Ennecus m History (Ecclesiastical)
Latinized form of Eneko and variant of Enecus.
Ennemond m French (Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Annemund. This name was borne by Ennemond Gaultier (c. 1575 – 17 December 1651), a French lutenist and composer. He was one of the masters of the 17th century French lute school.
Enoder m Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 5th-century Cornish saint.
Eoban m Medieval Dutch, History (Ecclesiastical)
Eoban (died 5 June 754 at Dokkum) was a companion of St. Boniface, and was martyred with him on his final mission. In Germany, he is revered as a bishop and martyr.
Érard m French (Belgian, Rare), History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Erhard as well as a short form of Évrard. A known bearer of this name was Érard de La Marck (1472-1538), a French-born Belgian prince-bishop of Liège.
Erbin m Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 5th-century Cornish saint and King of Dumnonia.
Érige m History (Ecclesiastical, Gallicized)
French form of Arigius. Saint Érige is venerated in the Southern French Alps, in Saint-Etienne de Tinée and in Auron nearby where a chapel to his name is located.
Erth m Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
Cornish form of Erc, referring to a 6th-century Irish saint.
Eteldreda f History (Ecclesiastical)
Catalan, Italian and Spanish form of Etheldred.
Eulabios m Late Greek, History (Ecclesiastical)
Derived from the Greek noun εὐλάβεια (eulabeia) meaning "discretion, caution" (see Eulabeia). Also compare the Greek adjective εὐλαβής (eulabes) meaning "taking hold well, holding fast, clinging" as well as "discreet, cautious, undertaking prudently".
Eulaire f History (Ecclesiastical), French (Rare), Haitian Creole
This name serves as both a French form of Eularia and as a variant spelling of Aulaire, both of which are vernacular forms of Eulalia... [more]
Euny m Medieval Cornish, History (Ecclesiastical)
The name of a 6th-century Cornish saint.
Eustochia f Polish (Rare, ?), History (Ecclesiastical)
From a Greek word meaning "well-aimed", derived from εὖ (eu) "good" and στόχος (stochos) "an aim, shot". This was borne by Saint Eustochia Calafato, a 15th-century nun from Sicily.
Eustorge m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Eustorgios via Eustorgius.
Eustrate m History (Gallicized), History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Eustratios via its latinized form Eustratius.
Euthyme m History (Ecclesiastical)
French form of Euthymios via Euthymius.